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(31) Where would you recommend I visit for sightseeing in Kyoto?
Kyoto was an ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. So, there you can visit some of Japan’s most famous historic sites such as Kinkaku Temple and Kiyomizu Temple. Kinkaku Temple is known in the West as “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion.” Kiyomizu Temple is built out over a cliff and is famous for its wide veranda and tall wooden pillars.
(31) 京都で観光するのにどこがお勧めか。
京都は1,000年以上日本の古都だった。よって、京都では金閣寺や清水寺といった日本で最も有名な史跡の数々を訪れることが出来る。金閣寺は西洋では “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”の名で広く知られる寺だ。清水寺は崖からはみ出す形で建てられており、その広い舞台と木造の支柱で有名だ。

(32) Where would you recommend I visit for sightseeing in Nara?
Nara was an ancient capital of Japan in the 8th century. So, it has many places of historical interest including Nara Park and Todaiji Temple, in which a large statue of Buddha is located. The city retains a serene traditional atmosphere.
(32) 奈良で観光するのにどこがお勧めか。

(33) I want to see a World Heritage site. Which site would you recommend?
I would recommend Horyuji Temple located in the northern part of Nara Prefecture. It is the oldest wooden structure in the world. Founded in 607 as a center for Buddhism in Japan, Horyuji Temple is one of Japan’s most significant gems for the historic architecture, art, and religion. It was from here that Buddhism blossomed and spread throughout the land.
(33) 世界遺産を見たいと思う。何がお勧めか。

(34) I am on a budget tour. What overnight accommodations would you recommend I stay at?
I would recommend Minshuku. It is a private home that offers overnight accommodations. Minshuku is basically a small inn, and as such it is certified by the public health office.
(34) 安く旅行したいと思っている。どのような宿泊施設に泊まればよいだろうか。

(35) I want to buy some traditional Japanese souvenirs. What would you recommend?
If you are looking for traditional Japanese things, the Oriental Bazaar at Harajuku in Tokyo or souvenir shops at Asakusa in Tokyo are recommended. They offer a wide range of traditional Japanese things, such as fans, paper lanterns for room decorations, kimono-clad dolls, paper dolls, and happi coats.
(35) いくつか伝統的な日本のおみやげを買いたい。何がいいか。

(36) I want to buy some modern Japanese things. What would you recommend?
Go to an electronics store and buy a digital camera, a portable game machine, or any other computer-based product. If you are in Tokyo, such stores can be found in areas such as Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Akihabara. If you are in Osaka, you should go to Nipponbashi. In any large city, it is easy to find one or two electronics stores in the downtown area.
(36) 現代的な日本の物をいくつか買いたい。何かお勧めのものがあるか。

(37) What would you do if one of the tourists you are guiding got lost and didn't come back to your bus?
Well, that’s a pretty serious situation. First of all, I would find out whether he or she is carrying a cell phone and what their number is. If so, I would try to contact them and arrange to meet them at a nearby landmark. If they weren’t, I would ask the other members of the group to stay by or in the bus for a short while, while I try to look for the person myself. If time passed and I was still unsuccessful, I would contact the police.
(37) あなたがガイドしている旅行者の一人が道に迷ってバスに戻ってこないとしたら、あなたならどうするか。

(38) What should I do when an earthquake occurs?
In Japan, it is commonly advised that we should disconnect the gas to the stove in the kitchen, open the door, and get under a table.
(38) 地震が起きたらどうすればよいか。

(39) On what occasions do Japanese go to Buddhist temples?
Very few Japanese go to temples except for funerals or hatsumode, the first visit paid on New Year holidays. However, temples in Kyoto and Nara, such as Kiyomizu Temple and Todaiji Temple, are always crowded with tourists.
(39) どんな機会に日本人はお寺に行くのか。

(40) On what occasions do Japanese go to Shinto shrines?
Japanese visit Shinto shrines on New Year’s Day to pray for good health and happiness during the coming year, and on special occasions such as after the birth of a child, or to celebrate shichi-go-san. People also visit shrines to pray for success in passing school entrance examinations, and to obtain good luck charms. Although some weddings are conducted according to Shinto rites, couples usually do not go to shrines to take their marriage vows.
(40) 日本人はどういうときに神社へ行くのか。

(41) What is the difference between temples and shrines?
Temples in Japan are Buddhist temples and they are called “tera” in Japanese. On the other hand, shrines are Shinto shrines and they are called “jinja” in Japanese. At most Buddhist temples, there are Buddhist statues in the main hall. At Shinto shrines there are torii gateways at the entrance. A torii consists of two upright posts connected at the top by two horizontal crosspieces.
(41) 寺と神社の違いは何か。

(42) On what occasions do Japanese wear kimono?
Today, kimonos are worn only on special occasions, such as graduation ceremonies, Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies, weddings, or celebration of New Year’s Day. These days, fewer and fewer people wear kimono. One big reason is that they are very expensive. Another reason is that, when wearing a kimono, it’s difficult to move around.
(42) 日本人はどういう時に着物を着るのか。

(43) On what occasions do Japanese wear yukata?
We do see many young women in the informal cotton kimono called yukata, especially at summer festivals.
(43) 日本人はどういう時に浴衣を着るのか。

(44) What is the difference between Kabuki and Noh? Where can I see Kabuki and Noh?
Kabuki is a traditional stage drama performed exclusively by men to the accompaniment of songs and music. It is characterized by a combination of rhythmical words, dancing, elaborate costumes, and stage sets. On the other hand, Noh is a classical stage art performed mostly by men to the accompaniment of recitative chants called yokyoku and an orchestra consisting of a flute and three types of drums. It is characterized by symbolic, highly stylized acting, and elaborate masks. In Tokyo, you can usually see Kabuki at Kabukiza in Ginza, and Noh at Kokuritsu-Nohgakudo in Shibuya.
(44) 歌舞伎と能の違いは何か。歌舞伎と能はどこで見ることができるか。

(45) What is the difference between Geisha and Maiko? Where can I see Geisha or Maiko?
Geisha is a kimono-clad female entertainer who is trained in the traditional arts, singing, dancing, and conversation and who serves as a party companion and hostess. On the other hand, a maiko is an apprentice geisha. A maiko trains under the strict guidance of specialists for several years in the fields of traditional dance, song, and the shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese instrument similar to a banjo. You can see some of them if you stroll in the Gion district of Kyoto in the afternoon and evening.
(45) 芸者と舞妓の違いは何か。芸者と舞妓はどこで見ることができるか。

(46) On what occasions are hanko or Japanese personal seals necessary?
Japanese people use three types of hanko, or personal seals. One is called jitsuin, or a registered seal. An impression of the seal is officially registered at the local government office. This seal is used only for official documents and important transactions. Mitomein, or a cheap, ready-made seal, is mainly used when they receive registered mail. Ginkoin is a seal registered at a bank, and is used when they make withdrawals without using a cash card.
(46) 日本の判子はどのような時に必要か。

(47) What is Maneki-neko?
Maneki-neko is a statue of a cat beckoning passers-by. The statue is often found in restaurants and shops and is displayed as a charm to attract customers.
(47) 招き猫とは何か。

(48) What is higan?
Higan are the weeks centering around the vernal equinox and autumnal equinox. During these periods, Buddhist temples hold special services and people pay their respects at their ancestors’ graves.
(48) 彼岸とは何か。

(49) What is setsubun?
Setsubun is the day before the first day of spring according to the lunar calendar, usually February 2 or 3. Bean throwing ceremonies are held in homes, shrines, and temples in the belief that this will bring in good fortune and drive away evil spirits.
(49) 節分とは何か。

(50) What is the difference between shogi and go?
Shogi is a traditional chess-like game played between two people. As in chess, pieces may be captured, but unlike in chess those pieces may be used by the captor. The game ends with the checkmate of an opponent’s king. On the other hand, Go, or igo, is a game of strategy played between two people. Black and white stones are placed alternately on a board in an attempt to capture the other player’s stones by surrounding them. The game ends when the board is filled with stones, or the possibilities for gaining territory are exhausted.
(50) 将棋と碁の違いは何か。

(51) What is the difference between manzai and rakugo?
Manzai is a comic routine. Usually performed by two or three entertainers in a variety program on TV, manzai tends to be slapstick in nature. On the other hand, Rakugo is a funny story usually told by a professional storyteller at a variety hall or on TV. Themes are usually humorous incidents from daily life in the Edo period.
(51) 漫才と落語の違いは何か。

(52) What is the difference between haiku and waka?
Haiku is a very compact but evocative verse form of 17 syllables in a 5-7-5 line pattern. The themes of haiku may be inspired by intuitive perception into nature and life. On the other hand, Waka is the general term for classical Japanese verse forms. It especially refers to Tanka, a 31-syllable verse form with five lines in a 5-7-5-7-7 pattern.
(52) 俳句と和歌の違いは何か。

(53) What is omikuji?
Omikuji are fortunes written on slips of paper. People buy them at shrines and, occasionally, temples, and tie them onto the branches of nearby trees in hopes that a good fortune will come true or that a bad fortune will be kept away.

(54) What is the difference between geta and zori?
Geta are Japanese wooden clogs raised off the ground by two wooden supports under the sole with a V-shaped thong between the big and second toes. On the other hand, Zori are Japanese sandals consisting of a flat sole with a V-shaped thong between the big and second toes.
(54) 下駄と草履の違いは何か。

(55) Why do Japanese like cherry blossoms?
Cherry trees bloom brilliantly and lose their flowers in the short span of about two weeks. This evokes a sentimental feeling among Japanese, drawn from an ancient cultural belief, and reminding us of the short, transitory nature of human life. Also, cherry blossoms are regarded as the official signal that spring has come after a long, cold winter, so people are naturally in a cheery mood. Besides, Japanese people like to enjoy “hanami,” or cherry- blossom-viewing parties, with family or friends. These are some of the reasons why Japanese love cherry blossoms in particular.
(55) 日本人はなぜ桜が好きなのか。

(56) When and where can I see cherry blossoms?
Cherry blossoms (or “Sakura”) can be viewed at many locations throughout Japan from late January (in Okinawa) through mid-May (in Hokkaido). The blossoms reach their peak earlier in the south than the north, but usually last for only ten days or so. Nearly all Japanese cities have local parks with beautiful cherry blossoms. Popular viewing places in Tokyo include Chidorigafuchi, Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen Park and Koganei Park.
(56) 桜の花はいつ、どこで見られるのか。

(57) What are honne and tatemae?
Honne refers to one’s true feelings or motives, whereas tatemae is the face one wears in public. Honne may be expressed privately, while tatemae is an opinion designed for social acceptance.

(58) Today many Japanese work very hard. Why do they work so hard?
Many Japanese work hard because they have a strong work ethic and a sense of loyalty to their employers, who often promise lifetime employment.
(58) 今日、多くの日本人は勤勉である。なぜ勤勉なのか。

(59) Why do Japanese celebrate Western holidays?
This is due to the Japanese trait of readily adopting foreign culture, including traditional events and festivals. Western things in particular, such as Christmas and St. Valentine’s Day, have always been very popular. Another reason is that these holidays are great for business. People buy gifts and decorations, so companies are eager to promote them. Finally, these traditions are fun, so people naturally enjoy them.
(59) 日本人はなぜ西洋の祝い事を祝うのか。

(60) What is the difference between sukiyaki and shabu-shabu?
Sukiyaki is a dish of thinly sliced beef, onions, tofu, and shiitake mushrooms cooked in a pan at the table. Sugar, soy sauce, and sake are added for flavor. On the other hand, Shabu-shabu is a dish of thinly sliced beef and vegetables, cooked in a pan. The ingredients are quickly boiled in broth, and then eaten after being dipped in a special sauce.
(60) すきやきとしゃぶしゃぶの違いは何か。


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